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  • Conservation efforts for other animals have likely helped protect many reptile species, according to a new study led by NatureServe, the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), and Conservation International. The study, published in the journal Nature, presents an analysis of the first comprehensive extinction risk assessment for reptiles on The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species™, which found that at least 21% of all reptile species globally are threatened with extinction. 
  • NatureServe’s Chief Scientist, Dr. Healy Hamilton, was honored this week with the Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI) Conservation Leadership Award for her instrumental leadership illustrating the conservation value of forest lands. Dr. Hamilton was presented with the award at SFI’s annual conference, which was aptly titled “Forests of Opportunity.”
  • GEO BON announced the establishment of a new partnership between 200+ organizations in 23 countries across North, Central, and South America and the Caribbean. NatureServe, already a premiere BON member, will coordinate the new Americas Biodiversity Observation Network.
  • NatureServe unveiled landmark new tool, the Map of Biodiversity Importance, in front of thousands of people at the Esri User Conference in San Diego, CA. This high-resolution map is the first of its kind, bringing together machine learning, expert scientists, and decades of biodiversity data from our Network to create a guide to where our nation's most imperiled species exist, and where conservation action is needed most.